Adapting to New Hearing Aids and Hearing Aid Adjustments in Adult Danish Users

Sreeram K. Narayanan*, Sabina S. Houmøller, Anne Wolff, Dan D. Hougaard, Michael Gaihede, Jesper H. Schmidt, Dorte Hammershøi

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Purpose: This study was aimed at understanding the effect of time taken to adapt to the new hearing aids (HAs) and the timeline of HA adjustments performed over more than a year of rehabilitation on self-reported HA outcomes.

Method: A self-report of the time it took to get accustomed to the new HAs and adjustment of the HAs during a year of rehabilitation collected from 690 HA users using a nonstandardized questionnaire were analyzed. The abbreviated version of the Speech, Spatial, and Quality of Hearing questionnaire and the International Outcome Inventory for Hearing Aids were used as the self-reported HA outcome.

Result: Out of 690 participants, 442 (64%) got accustomed to HAs within 2 months. Ninety-one participants (13%) did not get accustomed to the HAs at all, out of which 74 (81%) were first-time HA users. Eighty-four participants (12%) did not receive any HA adjustments after their initial fitting, and 49 (7%) had their HAs adjusted four or more times during the 1 year of rehabilitation. Three hundred ninety (57%) participants got their HA adjusted only at the 2-month follow-up visit, showing the intent to adjust given an opportunity. The stepwise multiple linear regression results showed the significant impact of getting accustomed to the HA and having HA adjusted at multiple instances on the self-reported HA outcomes.

Conclusion: This study showed the importance of getting accustomed to the HA and having a minimal number of adjustments to have a better long-term self-reported HA outcome.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Journal of Audiology
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)526-542
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sept 2023


  • Adult
  • Denmark
  • Hearing Aids
  • Humans
  • Language
  • Self Report
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


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